VW overtakes General Motors as world's number 2 car maker

The Volkswagen logo is displayed on the Passat Blue Motion Concept during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, on Jan 15, 2014. Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car
The Volkswagen logo is displayed on the Passat Blue Motion Concept during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, on Jan 15, 2014. Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday, Jan 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

FRANKFURT (AFP) - Germany's Volkswagen overtook US rival General Motors to become the world's second-biggest car maker after Japanese giant Toyota, last year sales figures showed on Friday.

The German group said that it sold a total of 9.73 million vehicles in 2013.

That figures covers all 12 of VW's brands, including truck makers MAN and Scania, a spokesman explained.

"These are the definitive of all our brands. They are comparable with our rivals, who also include heavy trucks," he said.

Toyota sold a total 9.98 million vehicles last year and General Motors a total 9.71 million.

Volkswagen owns the Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, VW, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, VW Commercial Vehicles, Ducati, MAN and Scania.

Analysts believe the group may achieve its long-term target of annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles ahead of its target date of 2018.